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Thursday, January 27, 2011


...anudder day in paradise.  Getting ready for my evening run, this wind has been a fairly typical scenario lately.

Untitled from Philip Hofstetter on Vimeo.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Mechanically challenged

The temperature dropped to -24, which by itself isn't horrible, but for some reason my truck decided it wasn't going to start along with my chainsaw and electric failure on my snow machine.  All are relatively easy fixes but then my fat bike decided to have a pinch flat.  My snow machine, chainsaw and bike are in various disassembly in the garage.  So I decided to go for an unmechanized 10 mile run and here's what it looks like afterwards at -20 or -30 windchill.  

My face was actually fine but I didn't really dress as warmly as I should have and had a cold run.  

Sunday, January 16, 2011


A nice ride, nice day and nice trail.   

Couldn't have been a more perfect day and conditions for riding.

 Am very pleased with my ITI kit this year, basically the same as last year but with some lighter modifications. 

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A great divide, the beginning

I flew to Wales this week and couldn't help but capture a beautiful noon sunrise while flying over the Bering Sea looking at the York Mountains. These video images are probably benign to most but when I look down I see places where I have camped on the beach or passed in the kayak. Memories of those struggles flood in and it's always amazing how effortless it seems to fly over a spot where you had incredible epics.

Cape prince of wales, the most western tip of the North American continent, is usually a pretty windy, wild spot but this day was unique, clear and windless.  On a side note this place is the actual start of the great continental divide. So I really think the Tour Divide bike race needs to pony up and change their start to here, the real beginning of the divide.  That was a joke but... uh-oh too late I feel an obsession coming on...

Untitled from Philip Hofstetter on Vimeo.

Swooping over the ocean for the landing we could see Diomede and mainland Russia-- Wales is one of three places that can (truly) see Russia from the US; Wales, Gambell and Diomede (that I know of). Tin City, also if one climbs the cape but not sure if a military outpost counts.